Tonight, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement following President Obama's State of the Union address:
"Jobs need to be our top priority. Tonight, the President put forth opportunities to grow our economy and strengthen America's future: supporting American manufacturing jobs, investing in clean energy innovation, and providing affordable education and quality job training to keep our nation competitive.
"Washington state is a national leader in many industries including aerospace, biotech, clean energy technology, software, and agriculture. We need policies that will help the manufacturing sector grow. We also need to invest in growing a skilled workforce capable of filling the jobs that employers need. That includes Washington's aerospace industry, which needs thousands more skilled aerospace workers to keep pace with growth.
"We are at a pivotal point for the competitiveness of our nation. Now is the time for Congress to put differences aside and work together to seize the great market opportunities before us and build a stronger America that puts Main Street first."